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Three Luxurious Holiday Recipes from Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese
Waterloo, WI, November 5, 2018—This holiday season when you host family and friends for a meal, break with tradition by building on the familiar. Crave Brothers Farmstead Classics Cheese offers three easy but luxurious recipes for entertaining your nearest and dearest, with new spins on comfort food classics like risotto, baked chicken and mashed potatoes. You’ll also be introducing your guests to the versatile and splurge-worthy Crave Brothers Mascarpone. The sweet, creamy cheese has won more than 27 awards since its introduction, including a First Place Award at the 2018 World Dairy Expo Dairy Products Contest. Licensed cheesemaker George Crave oversees the making of all the Crave Brothers handcrafted artisan cheeses, made with milk from the family’s own dairy herd.
1. Cauliflower Mash with Salmon: Think of the Mascarpone-enriched Cauliflower Mash recipe as a new take on side dishes like mashed potatoes. This rich dish complements salmon, but it also goes well with beef, ham or turkey entrees. The rich flavor of Crave Brothers Mascarpone adds a creamy textural note that says ‘luxurious’ like few other ingredients do. The mash is simple to make, too: cooked cauliflower is added to a food processor along with a cooked russet potato, roasted garlic cloves, Crave Brothers Mascarpone, goat cheese and milk. Roasted green onions and sliced raw green onions are stirred into the pureed mash. To serve, place roasted salmon or another protein atop a mound of Mascarpone Cauliflower Mash that has been sprinkled with a little paprika.
2. Mozzarella-Stuffed Chicken Marsala owes it richness and creaminess to Crave Brothers Fresh Mozzarella and Crave Brothers Mascarpone. Baked Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken is served with pasta and a Marsala Sauce enhanced with velvety Crave Brothers Mascarpone Cheese. To make the dish, thinly pounded chicken breasts are rolled up with thinly sliced Fresh Mozzarella, and then dipped in egg and breadcrumbs before baking. The creamy Marsala Sauce, served with the chicken and pasta, starts with red onions, garlic and sliced mushrooms sautéed in olive oil. Chicken broth, Marsala (fortified Italian wine), and 8 ounces of Crave Brothers Mascarpone are added. Mascarpone adds creaminess and richness to the recipe. The sauce is further flavored with shredded Parmesan, fresh rosemary and parsley, and salt and pepper to taste.
Crave Brothers Fresh Mozzarella comes in several forms, including medallions, 8-ounce balls, 1-pound balls and logs, small mozzarella balls in four sizes, and Marinated Fresh Mozzarella. At the recent 2018 Wisconsin State Fair Dairy Products Contest, Crave Brothers Farmstead Classics Marinated Mozzarella won a First Place Award; it also took First Place honors in the 2018 World Cheese Championships as well the 2018 Dodge County Fair Cheese Judging.
3. Mascarpone Butternut Squash Risotto is just one more example of the way Crave Brothers Farmstead Classics Mascarpone elevates everyday classics to holiday celebration fare. Mascarpone Butternut Squash Risotto is a rich side dish that complements a variety of entrees, such as baked ham and standing rib roast. The squash puree and Crave Brothers Mascarpone cheese combination adds depth to the dish.
To make Mascarpone Butternut Squash Risotto, puree baked squash with 2 Tbsp. maple syrup, and 1/8 teaspoon each of cayenne pepper and paprika. Set the squash puree aside and prepare your favorite risotto recipe. When the risotto is cooked (just tender and creamy looking, but still al dente), stir in 1/3 cup Crave Brothers Mascarpone Cheese, the butternut squash puree, and a dollop of butter. Garnish with thin slices of Granny Smith apple, and a drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar before serving.
Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese, including Mascarpone and Fresh Mozzarella, is sustainably produced in the family’s own farmstead cheese-making facility that practices water conservation, recycling, and uses 100 percent green power. The anaerobic biodigester produces enough electricity to power the Crave Brothers Farm, the farmstead cheese-making plant, and over 300 homes in their community.
Visit the website at www.cravecheese.com for more holiday recipes, and serving ideas featuring Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese. You’ll also find product information about the award-winning line of Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese, and videos highlighting the Crave Brothers green story.
The Crave family farms 2,500 acres of productive land in south-central Wisconsin, growing soybeans, corn and alfalfa to use as nutritious feed for their Holstein cows. From the biodigester to water recovery and recycling, sustainability is top-of-mind on the farm. The Crave Brothers Farm LLC and Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese LLC use 100% green power and are carbon-negative businesses. Their anaerobic biodigester produces more electricity than they need, enough to power the dairy farm, the farmstead cheese-making plant, and over 300 homes in their community.
Every pound of cheese made by George Crave, a licensed cheese maker, is made with milk from the family’s herd. Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese produces Fresh Mozzarella, Mascarpone, Part-skim Mozzarella, Oaxaca, Farmer’s Rope String Cheese, and Fresh Cheddar Cheese Curds in white, yellow and jalapeño varieties.